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Stafford Moor fisheries
Stafford Moor fisheries, 2 miles from the Duke

This part of Devon is very popular for shooting, fishing, golf, cycling, rambling, walking etc. The nationally renowned coarse fishery, Stafford Moor is only 2 miles away. The area also has many ancient monuments which attract visitors who are keen on history and archaeology.  The dramatic coastline of Devon and Cornwall attracts visitors from all over the world

St James, Iddesleigh
St James, Iddesleigh - next door to the Duke

The village of Iddesleigh is on the famous Tarka Trail which runs from the North Devon coast to the South Devon coast. Iddesleigh is roughly in the middle of the trail and is a good starting or finishing point for those parties who prefer not to do the whole length of the trail.

The village is in easy reach of Dartmoor. Exmoor is also nearby and the country walks in the area are stunning. The best kept secret for walkers is Halsdon Nature Reserve known locally as Halsdon Woods. For the keen gardener a visit to the RHS Rosemoor Gardens near Torrington is well worth a look.

The Duke

There are some stunning golf courses nearby and what better way to finish off a great day on the golf course is to relax and unwind in front of one of our roaring inglenook fires.

Set in the heart of Devon, Iddesleigh truly offers the best of both worlds for those visitors who like to explore the surrounding countryside and can be walking on the beautiful beaches along the rugged coastline of North Devon and North Cornwall in less than an hour.

The War Horse Valley Country Farm Park

The War Horse Valley Country Farm Park is just down the road - Parsonage Farm has been farmed by the same family for nearly 100 years and is the farm around which the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo was set, along with the parish of Iddesleigh.
It was also once home to Revd John 'Jack' Russell, first breeder of the terriers to which he gives his name.

For information on cycling tours of the area, we can recommend the Devon Lanes Explorer website